Tuesday's Jansing & Co on MSNBC featured a discussion on the legacy of Attorney General Eric Holder. Instead of an honest and thorough discussion, the panel whitewashed his tenure, downplayed his scandals and ignored the revelations of racist DOJ policy under his tenure.
Guest host Ari Melber and panelists Sherrilyn Ifill from the NAACP Civil Defense Fund and Matthew Miller, a former Department of Justice spokesman, discussed the legacy of Attorney General Eric Holder. Instead of an honest and thorough discussion, the three whitewashed his tenure, downplayed his scandals and ignoried the revelations of racist DOJ policy under his tenure.
The discussion featured guest host Ari Melber and panelists Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Civil Defense Fund and Matthew Miller, a former DOJ spokesperson, and began with Holder's recent call for ex-cons to gain back their voting rights. Ms Ifill raised Holder's record in enforcing civil rights laws:
We, obviously, also care about equality in the application of the law, and so to the extent that racism continues to infect the criminal justice system, this is an issue we consistently raise with the Attorney General, and, of course, we raise the whole array of civil rights issues, including voting rights. Sometimes I think people forget the attorney general of the United States is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States and that civil rights laws are laws, and he is beholden to enforce them.
Perhaps Ms Ifill forgot about the testimony of Christopher Coates, former chief of the Justice Department’s Voting Section. Coates' testified to rampant racism against Caucasians in Holder's DOJ and accused the department of prosecuting cases only if the victim was African American or Hispanic.
Coates colleague J. Christian Adams corroborated his testimony.
Miller, who opined that Holder was the most transformational A.G. since Bobby Kennedy, concurred with Ms Ifill and accused Holder's detractors of racism, saying:
Consistent with a mindset of some people that want to pretend the civil rights division at the Department of Justice doesn't exist, and one of Eric holder's chief priorities from when he took office was to restore the civil rights division and some of that's controversial. There are some people who wish those laws weren't enforced, they always have, so every time he does more to expand justice, you see that type of criticism pop up, but, in fact, what he's doing is enforcing some of the laws that, as Sherrilyn said, are on the books and need to be enforced.
Also part of the segment was the downplaying of Fast and Furious, Congressional contempt charges against Holder and the IRS scandal.